I saw the blurb on this one and was intrigued to give it a try. Spies and Spankings? Yeah, it totally caught my attention. For being what started out as a curiosity read, I found it was definitely better than what I thought it would be.
In the interest of full exposure (snicker- that might be construed as a pun), I do want to admit that this was my first spanking romance or Domestic Discipline story. I don’t know what the protocol with that is, but from what I can tell things were handled properly.
The story has a prologue from the past with a gentle hint as to who the players in the latter part of the book will be and then it jumps to the present. Becca has been raising her son, Parker, alone for the last six years. Parker is the only evidence left that she had once had a brief weekend affair with a marine who was killed in the line of duty. She is a bit lonely and melancholy at times over the man who was her every fantasy come true when he heeded her drunken request for a fling with a man who would spank her and discipline her during sex. Zac really got her on all levels and ruined her for anyone else too bad he’s gone.
So it with great shock that she hears a disturbance in her kitchen and finds a very much alive Zac in a death struggle with her recently hired housekeeper/nanny. Parker recognizes him immediately and calls him dad. Parker has been sharing fantasized tales of his father for years and it bothered her. Trying to keep her son out of the way and watching Zac kill someone, brings on her asthma attack, but her world keeps spinning when he tells her that her housekeeper was a hit woman, she isn’t safe and must come with him immediately.
Zac was a black ops man on a mission when he met Becca and he disappeared out of her life like he should, but he was changed from that time he spent with her. He couldn’t completely let her go. He puts her under surveillance and watches over her and his son doing what he can to provide for them without letting them get suspicious. That all changes when an assassin infiltrates their home. He knows he deserves all of Becca’s feelings of anger, hurt and betrayal, but even so he makes her accept his protective custody. It doesn’t miss his notice that she still gets hot and bothered when he gets stern and threatens discipline if she disobeys and defies him. He set clear safety rules and it wasn’t long when her lack of trust causes her to break one. Let the spankings commence.
Becca is confused and frustrated, but ultimately she is glad that he’s alive and back- he really wasn’t back for good though. She tries to accept and close herself off again from the pain of his impending departure when the all clear comes, but just gets even more worked up not to mention there are Parker’s feelings to consider now that he knows his dad. She doesn’t completely understand it, but Parker and Zac share a psychic gift- Intuition and the ability to ‘ghost’ to each other in their dreams.
Getting past the first sign of danger is just the beginning of this exciting erotic and suspenseful story. I’ll stop there with the summary so I don’t give too much away.
The plot on this one is both romantic with the second chance romance between Zac and Becca and suspenseful with the suspense element of discovering what the mystery is surrounding the old case of Becca’s dad and how it ties to her in the present. I totally didn’t see the answer to that one coming and it got pretty exciting near the end. I was figuratively biting my nails over how Zac would get them out of the tight spot they were in.
As to the additional kinky side to Becca and Zac’s relationship, all I can say is its sizzling. I was curious, but I honestly had no idea what to expect when it came to the discipline stuff. When they first meet, they are just experimenting, but this time they’ve both had years of research to now give DD a serious go. At first, it was all about Becca’s needs. She needs the pain of the spanking and the sense of being punished for infractions to get her in a better place. In this situation, she has a lot of pent up anger and fear and trust issues (understandably so). She lashes out and does at least one incredibly stupid thing. Zac seems to slide naturally into his role as a strong person who reads her well, knows what she needs, truly cares for her well being, but won’t tolerate her balking at his orders or lashing out when a calm head is needed. Just to be clear, she has agreed to the arrangement of him being in charge ahead of time and this time she wasn’t drunk. I was aroused by their activities, but I was also really fascinated by this sort of relationship. It’s like a D/s relationship, but there is a different feel because of the needs and motivations as well as the end goal. Although some of their talk near the end made me wonder if they were heading that way.
And one more thing along the lines of character relationships. I adored Parker and I loved seeing them all interact as a new and tentative family. Zac has been a cold-hearted trained killer leading a lonely existence for so long that it was enjoyable seeing him blossom in the bosom of his little family that he has always protected, but now wants to be a part of more than anything. A dad who can curl up in his child’s bed and read a night-time story just warms my heart to near bursting.
In the end, it was a fab read that kept my interest on all fronts leaving me want to read more from the author because of her writing voice, plot and characters. I can recommend this to those who enjoy steamy Romantic Suspense paired with Domestic Discipline.
My thanks to Net Galley for providing the book for review purposes.
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